Hunt Test Updates
Posted on 11/05/2013 in HTX = Coondog.
For most of you reading this, coon season is in or will be shortly. Nothing like now to get your young prospect in the woods for some one-on-one TLC. Also, what better time of year is there to be in the woods than late fall and early winter? The temperatures are cooling, the leaves are falling, and every one of God’s creatures (including coons, coon dogs and coon hunters) want to be out to feel the cool night air.
In many parts of the country, clubs have found these few months of outdoor bliss to be the best time to schedule Hunt Tests. In many places down south, temperatures are getting nice enough to hunt for the full hour. Here in the northland, hunters want to show off their top old cooner or new young prospect to their club members and friends and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with the Hunt Tests.
Wherever you are located, and no matter the age of the hound you are hunting, the Hunts Tests provide a great way to get out and show others what you already know about your dog. They are not a cake-walk, but the rules and policies are simple and easy to understand.
Perhaps your club has never held a Hunt Test and you feel this would be the time to get some started. It’s not that difficult. All you have to do is go to the Coonhound page on our website, then click on the HTX Schedule, Rules & Forms link. You can do all your scheduling there and print off any forms you need. If you have any questions or need help feel free to give our office a call.
If nothing else this hunting season, we should remember to take some friends along with us. The Hunt Test Program has been shown to help build friendship and fellowship in a club, but hopefully you are doing the same on your own. Take a kid hunting with you, or perhaps someone older who doesn’t get to hunt very much. I know they would be appreciative of what you are doing for them. Many a young person has started chasing coon dogs this time of year and by spring they are a full-fledged coon hunter. Who knows who you may inspire?
As always, if you have any questions or suggestions about the Hunt Test Program, give our office a call or send an email. We are still looking for more Hunt-Testimonials, so please be sure to send those as well. We would love to post a picture of your hound and your Hunt-Testimonial in the pages of COONHOUND BLOODLINES.
I think the HTX is an excellent way to see if a dog can get it done. They have to work the tracks on their own and do exactly what they are bred to do. It also allows people that normally would not, and possibly could not, competition hunt another option to show what their dog can do.
I think everyone should take the opportunity and support the HTX Program and their local clubs that are holding the hunt tests.
CH ‘PR’ Big Blue Buster HTX (GR CH GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Neuse River Carolina Big Money x CH ‘PR’ Allen’s Candy), an English male owned by Justin Aaron Armes or Michael Darian Armes of Rocky Mount, Virginia.